Dear Santa Clara Alumni Family,
I have been honored to serve as the 2018–19 President of Santa Clara University’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.
We began the year with great anticipation, knowing the months ahead would be filled with excitement, change, and a commitment to driving our vision to action. Without a doubt, our experiences met those expectations.
It is with great appreciation that we thank University President Michael E. Engh, S.J., for his dedication to Santa Clara. SCU has experienced 10 years of transformational change under his leadership, and we will continue to see the benefits of his influence for years to come. It is with equal excitement that we welcome incoming president Kevin O’Brien, S.J., as the 29th President of Santa Clara University and offer the full support of our Alumni Association Board of Directors.
As we close out an eventful year, I would like to thank the members of the Board of Directors. They have provided thoughtful leadership and tirelessly supported the Alumni Relations Office—while focusing on better engaging all members of our alumni family. This year we revised our constitution to extend the term of President of the Alumni Associations Board of Directors to two years. This change allows improved alignment with SCU’s Integrated Strategic Plan, and provides continuity with other University volunteer boards. I wish to offer a personal note of thanks to Melina Johnson ’00 and Scot Asher’ 87 who will provide leadership to the Alumni Board during this upcoming period of transition.
As I reflect on the past year, much has transpired, but one of the most defining moments was the renaming of our alumni home to the Bannan Alumni House on March 23rd. This celebration and gathering of the Bannan family, who has shared their time, treasure, and love of SCU for more than 100 years, highlights how Santa Clara—with the assistance of our 100,000+ alumni—can look ahead to a bright future while simultaneously embracing our history and honoring the contributions of myriad individuals and families to the Santa Clara spirit.
Ryan Joy ’00